Yale Symposium Focuses on e-Voting

“Voting in an e-Democracy,” a day-long symposium on voting and voting technologies, will be held at Yale in Luce Hall at 34 Hillhouse Avenue, on April 2, 2004.

The event is sponsored jointly by the Yale Faculty of Engineering and the Yale Office of New Haven and State Affairs.

Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz will provide opening remarks for the program, which will include talks on the subjects of electronic and internet voting. The conclusion will be presentation of the final competition of the Yale Undergraduate Debates on Technology and Society, “Voting in an e-Democracy.”

The distinguished speakers and their topics are as follows:

* Charles Stewart, professor of political science at MIT, will speak on “The Long Strange Trip Of Election Reform: Why 2004 Will Be Much Different Than 2000.”

* Eric A. Fischer, Senior Specialist in Science and Technology at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, will discuss the “Federal role in e-lection Reform: The Implications and Impacts of The Help America Vote Act.”

* Rebecca Mercuri, founder of Notable Software and author of the quarterly “Security Watch” column, is a member of the IEEE’s working group on voting system standards. She will speak on “E-Voting: Perils and Promises.”

* David Jefferson, of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is the Chair of the California Secretary of State’s Technical Oversight Committee, which provides technical advice on the security and reliability of voting systems. He will speak on “The Inherent Security Vulnerabilities with Internet Voting.”

Although there is no fee associated with the symposium, seating is limited and all attendees must register before March 31. Lunch will be available for purchase and can be reserved at the time of registration. Further information and registration for the symposium is available at www.eng.yale.edu/eVoting.

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